Chief speechwriter—First lady Michelle ObamaSessions:
What they learned in the White House: A conversation with the chief speechwriters for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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Sarah Hurwitz was a White House speechwriter from 2009-2017, serving as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then as chief speechwriter for first lady Michelle Obama. Hurwitz worked with Mrs. Obama to craft many widely-acclaimed addresses, including her 2016 Democratic National Convention speech and her political speeches during the 2016 campaign cycle, and she traveled with the first lady across America and to five continents. Hurwitz was previously a senior speechwriter on the Obama campaign, chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign, deputy chief speechwriter on the presidential campaigns of General Wesley Clark and Senator John Kerry and a speechwriter for Senator Tom Harkin. Prior to working on the Clinton and Obama campaigns, Hurwitz was an attorney at the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale. Hurwitz is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.